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What causes ear pain when i swallow?

I have occasional acid reflux and a few days ago my right ear started hurting. It was after a few days of eating more acidic foods and I wanted to know if the acid can work its way into my ear druma nd casue the pain. It hurts when I swallow and my doctor did find some swelling. Any advice. I am 60, 5 4 , 190 lbs and have had type 1 diabetes since I was 7 yrs old. Thank you
Fri, 3 Jan 2020
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Hello,

The right ear pain is not related to the acid food that you have been eating. Instead, it is suggestive of local inflammation, probably due to a viral infection.

So, I would just recommend taking Ibuprofen for the pain and inflammation for a couple of days.

If your situation does not improve, I would recommend performing some blood lab tests (complete blood count, PCR, ESR) for inflammation.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist
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What causes ear pain when i swallow?

Hello, The right ear pain is not related to the acid food that you have been eating. Instead, it is suggestive of local inflammation, probably due to a viral infection. So, I would just recommend taking Ibuprofen for the pain and inflammation for a couple of days. If your situation does not improve, I would recommend performing some blood lab tests (complete blood count, PCR, ESR) for inflammation. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr. Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist